We welcome a number of new faces to the club. The majority are promising young players who I hope will end up in the first team in the years to come (or that I can sell on and make some good money):
Fabio Mora on a season-long loan from AC Milan
He’ll be back up for Lubomir Zapotoka after the sale of Catalin Rentea.
Ondrej Nedved on a free
Kevin Bjerkestrand on a free
Simone Inserra on a free
Edoardo Russo on a free
Melvin Dubois on a free
Marlon Allen on a free
Zvonko Buric on a free
Danny Betz on a free
Fevzi Ilhan on a free
Moumouni Traore on a free
Regis Olivier on a free
Defensive midfield is probably my weakest position, so Olivier is likely to see some first team action over the course of the season.
Muhammed Kurak Kuyumcu on a free
Jorg Ullrich on a free
Thodoros Stefanidis on a free
Mahmut Catalcam on a free
Uwe Leitl on a free
Marcel Hrubesch on a free
A player who is young and will hopefully develop. I’ll be looking to blood him into the team over the season.
Bartosz Pietrowski on a free
Robin Theissen on a free
Roman Kern on a free
Francis Byrne on a free
Xavier Jalliti on a free
Carmine Mello on a free
A challenger for first team football. He’s likely to start on the bench and will hopefully go on to become my starting keeper in future seasons.
Ceri Cornell on a free
Niels Bundgaard on a free
Cephas Gombami on a free
Giorgos Michailidis on a free
Lee Atkinson on a free
Antonis Vitzekas on a free
Flavio Perrotti on a free
David Bentley on a free
Much older than my normal signings, but an upgrade on Jonny Hayes and I hope to be able to get two good seasons out of him.
Christian Bala on a free
Eddie Hawes on a free
Ilica Perak on a free
Defensive midfield is probably our weakest area. Or it was until I signed Perak. He looks as though he’s going to be able to perform the role very well and offer protection to our back four.
Torben Ostergaard on a free
Renzo Francioni from Inter Milan for £120,000
Inter didn’t want him and I wasn’t going to pass on the chance to sign a player who could become a key player in midfield in a few years for such a small fee.
Harry Maguire from Derby County for £190,000
Centre back and defensive midfield cover. He’s probably more likely to play as a defensive midfielder and another player who I hope can develop into an important first team regular.
Matthew Jenkins from Peterborough United for £300,000
A defensive reinforcement. He won’t be starting regularly (unless we run into some injury and suspension trouble), but there’s likely to be chances for him in the Cup competitions and hopefully I can blood him in gently.
Mick Byrne from Blackburn Rovers for £700,000
Blackburn beat me to signing him in January, but the boost to my transfer kitty means that I end up getting my man a few months later and Blackburn make a tidy profit on a very good young defender.
Ben Amos from Tottenham Hotspur (£1,000,000)
Amos is a player I’ve been tracking for a long time, but have never been able to afford. It was between signing him or Bond a couple of seasons ago, with Bond (excellent keeper though he is) being the choice due to being affordable. I’m pleased to be able to finally welcome him to the club.
Nathan Ake from Chelsea (£2,000,000)
I plan on Ake lining up with Vukovic at the heart of our defence. His pace could be an asset and help cover the older Vukovic.
Rainer Breu from 1860 Munich for £3,200,000
I smash our transfer record to bring Breu to the club. He had a great season in Germany and is an outstanding young player. I have my concerns that the board will step in and accept a good offer for Cenci, so am looking to have his replacement in place before they do. Although he’s my record signing, Cenci will be ahead of him in the pecking order. At least to begin with.